Profiles & Bios

23
Jan
2015

Marjorie Scardino (Chief Executive)

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scardino.jpgDame Marjorie Morris Scardino was the CEO of Pearson PLC. She became the first female Chief Executive of a FTSE 100 company when she was appointed CEO of Pearson in 1997.

She is also a non-executive director of Nokia and former CEO of the Economist Group.

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23
Jan
2015

Virginia Woolf (Author/Essayist/Publisher/Writer of Short Stories)

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virginia-woolf.jpgAdeline Virginia Woolf (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English author, essayist, publisher, and writer of short stories, regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century.

Woolf began writing professionally in 1900, initially for the Times Literary Supplement with a journalistic piece about Haworth, home of the Brontë family. 

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19
Jan
2015

Dolly Parton (Singer/Songwriter/Actress)

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dollyparton.jpgDolly Rebecca Parton was born January 19, 1946, the fourth of 12 children.

She is an American singer-songwriter, author, multi-instrumentalist, actress and philanthropist, best-known for her work in country music, her distinctive soprano voice, "big hair," voluptuous figure, flamboyant style and sometimes bawdy sense of humour.

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19
Jan
2015

Janis Joplin (Singer/Songwriter)

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janis-joplin.jpgJanis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970) was an American singer, songwriter and music arranger. She rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company and later as a solo artist.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked Joplin number 46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004, and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

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16
Jan
2015

Evelyn Glennie (Musician Who Also Happens To Be Deaf)

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evelyn_glennie_2.jpgScottish virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie has been profoundly deaf since she was 12.

She's also Western society's first full-time solo professional percussionist. In fact, Glennie and her talents turn deafness on its ear (excuse the pun). You can see (and hear!), for yourself in the February 2003 TED Talk at the end of this article.

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07
Jan
2015

Katie Couric (Journalist/Correspondent)

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katie-couric.jpgKatherine Anne "Katie" Couric (born January 7, 1957) is an American journalist and author.

She currently serves as Yahoo Global News anchor.

In the past, she has been Special Correspondent for ABC News, contributing to ABC World News, Nightline, 20/20, Good Morning America, This Week and primetime news specials.

She hosted Katie, a syndicated daytime talk show produced by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

She was widowed and was a single Mom for years; she married again in 2014.

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16
Dec
2014

Margaret Mead (Anthropologist/Women's Rights Activist)

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margaret-meadMargaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist, who was frequently a featured writer and speaker in the mass media throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

She was both a popularizer of the insights of anthropology into modern American and Western culture, and also a respected, if controversial, academic anthropologist.

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08
Dec
2014

Grace Murray Hopper (U.S. Navy Rear Admiral/Computer Scientist)

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grace-murray-hopper.jpgRear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Naval officer.

A pioneer in the field, she was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and she developed the first compiler for a computer programming language.

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01
Dec
2014

Bette Midler (Singer/Actress/Comedian)

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bette-midler.jpgBette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress and comedian, also known (by her informal stage name) as The Divine Miss M.

She has starred in live-action films such as Ruthless People and Hocus Pocus, and featured in animated films such as Oliver & Company and Fantasia 2000.

During her 40-plus-year career, Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards; she has won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a special Tony Award.

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29
Nov
2014

Louisa May Alcott (Novelist)

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louisa_may_alcott.jpgLouisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist. She is best known for the novel Little Women, set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts, and published in 1868. This novel is loosely based on her childhood experiences with her three sisters.

Alcott was the daughter of noted transcendentalist and educator Amos Bronson Alcott and Abigail May Alcott. She shared a birthday with her father on November 29, 1832.

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28
Nov
2014

Rita Mae Brown (Writer/Screenwriter)

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rita-mae-brown.jpgRita Mae Brown (born November 28, 1944) is an American writer.

She is best known for her first novel Rubyfruit Jungle. Published in 1973, it dealt with lesbian themes in an explicit manner unusual for the time. Brown is also a mystery writer and screenwriter.

Brown was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Florida, and as of 2004 lived outside Charlottesville, Virginia.

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26
Nov
2014

Kathryn Bigelow (Film Director)

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kathryn-bigelow.jpgKathryn Ann Bigelow (born November 27, 1951) is an American film director.

Her best-known films are the cult horror film Near Dark (1987), the surfer/bank robbery action picture Point Break (1991), the historical/mystery film The Weight of Water (2000) and the war drama The Hurt Locker (2009).

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19
Nov
2014

Indira Gandhi (Indian Prime Minister for Four Terms)

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indira-gandhi.jpgIndira Priyadarshini Gandhi (Hindi: इंदिरा प्रियदर्शिनी गांधी Indirā Priyadarśinī Gāndhī; née: Nehru; 19 November 1917 – 31 October 1984) was the Prime Minister of the Republic of India for three consecutive terms from 1966 to 1977 and for a fourth term from 1980 until her assassination  in 1984, a total of fifteen years.

She was India's first and to date, only female prime minister. She is the world's all time longest serving female Prime Minister.

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18
Nov
2014

Dorothy Draper (Pioneer Interior Designer)

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Dorothy DraperDorothy Draper (born Dorothy Tuckerman November 22, 1889, died March 11, 1969) was an influential and innovative American interior decorator of the early to mid 20th century.

She helped inspire a generation of home improvement devotees with her 1939 book Decorating is Fun!, subtitled "How to Be Your Own Decorator". 

Her book Entertaining is Fun! How to Be a Popular Hostess, was reissued in 2004.

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17
Nov
2014

Fairuz (Singer/Diva)

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fairuz.jpgNouhad Wadi Haddad (Arabic: نهاد حداد‎) (born November 21, 1935), famously known as Fairuz (Arabic: فيروز‎), is a Lebanese singer who is widely considered to be the most famous living singer in the Arab world and one of the best known of all time.

She was born in Jabal al Arz (Cedar Mountain) to a Syriac Catholic father and a Maronite mother, and converted to Greek Orthodoxy when she married Assi Rahbani, one of two brothers who helped shape her career.

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